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Italian Racing Bicycles: The People, the Products, the Passion (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. September 2011

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To leave "Italian Racing Bicycles" on the coffee table would be a shame. A wonderful look back at the history of cycling and technology born out of competition. "VeloNews "magazine Passionate fans of Italian bicycles, professional bicycle racing, the history of the sport and/or fine craftsmanship must add "Italian Racing Bicycles" to their collections. Shelf Awareness Guido Rubino's coffee table book cataloguing all that is great and good about the Italian bicycle industry is a cycling fanatic's dream...The contents page should probably have been printed on greaseproof paper for the names thus presented will engender a serious amount of drooling on behalf of the cognoscenti. The Washing Machine Post "Italian Racing Bicycles" finds a balance between the history of a company, the racing history of the brand, and some technical information The photographs are pretty engaging. When I first got the book I thought I'd have a quick flick through it before getting on with something else. An hour later I was still flicking. Podium Cafe Even the ardent bike enthusiast will learn a great deal from the finely-produced volume. ["Italian Racing Bicycles"] was clearly put together with the cooperation of the firms named and while it could have read like a big advertisement, [the book] avoids being an advertorial. The writing is straightforward and the majority of illustrations excellent. What we ve got here is another tour de force, a gem of a book that tells, through photos and text, the story of Italian biking. From lugged steel, with its fancy carved metal work, to the latest carbon fiber wonders, this book provides the perfect excuse to go out for a ride, buy a new bike (Italian, of course), or head on over to Tuscany. "Italian Racing Bicycles" gives a broad overview of key Italian manufacturers .I particularly enjoyed learning more about the history of these companies, the men that started them, and their reasons for doing so. ["Italian Racing Bicycles"] won't answer all your questions but will start you on a journey for learning more. Grab a cappuccino, sit back, and enjoy. Italian Cycling Journal From those readers who like to a take a walk down a lane lined with steel tubing, lugs and chrome to those who get excited as their bikes get lighter and lighter, "Italian Racing Bicycles" covers Italian bike and cycling component manufacturers from their start until the present day This is a perfect catalogue/wish list for cycling enthusiasts. Daily Peloton"

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Guido P. Rubino has been writing about cycling technology since 1996, with articles in such magazines as BiciSport, Cicloturismo, and MTB Magazine. He is the co-author, with Paolo Faccinetti, of Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion and author of La Bicicletta da Corsa and La Mountain Bike.

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I'd Buy a Second Copy as a Gift for a Friend 5. Oktober 2011
Von Arnie Baker - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Italian Racing Bicycles. The People, The Products, the Passion. 40 Historic Brands.

* It's a book of memories. 40 years ago I bought my first Italian bicycle, a Torpado (it was bright yellow). Then a Bottecchia, a Colnago, a De Rosa (red). Masi, Pinarello, and Somec came into my life. the book is not only about frame builders, but other Italian bicycle-industry companies and stories. Cinelli double-toe straps. Universal center-pull brakes. I look at the images and my life on two wheels replays in my mind.

* It's a book of history, with details of some 40 well-known Italian companies. Background I didn't know about when I first bought those bicycles; background that fills in gaps, brings even more warmth and color to the brands and my memories.

* It's a gorgeous coffee table book, with many high-resolution color photographs--where the detail of every tool-stroke comes into relief. Where classic Italian design and style can be appreciated, even by those who don't have a cycling background.

I am happy to add it to my library.

Reviewer's note/disclaimer: The publisher sent me a review copy. I was not paid for this review.
I'd buy a second copy as a gift for a friend.

Arnie Baker
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A trip through history of Great Italian framebuilders and component manufacturers 6. Oktober 2011
Von Dominic Mancello - Veröffentlicht auf
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The photos are high quality and the paper in the book is thick quality stock. I have been riding bicycles for close to 30 years and have several custom-made bicycles. I especially appreciate lugged steel frames made by master craftsmen such as Peter Weigle and Richard Sachs.

I found this book to offer a rich history of many of the most significant Italian bicycle frame builders and component companies. Each of the 40 manufacturers is profiled to give its origin to current day operations. There are many beautiful photos of older bikes (including champion's bikes) as well as some modern bikes. You will learn about the founders of each company and how it has progressed through history. There is much written about the relationship of each company to champion bicycle racers and specific stages of the great European races. While interesting, I would have also appreciated more information and photos of each companies current bikes/components.

I suppose one can complain that not every significant Italian manufacturer is present in the book but I believe that the 40 profiles gives a good representation of Italian craftsmanship in the bicycle industry from it's beginnings to modern day.

The book is layed out in alphabetical order by company name. At the beginning of each profile is a 'box' with the company name, founder of the company, the year the company started business, address, telephone number and web address. The company name is indexed at the top of each page to quickly find the manufacturer.

Definitely recommended for fans of bespoke bicycles and fans of the great Italian contribution (both historical and modern) to the bicycle industry.
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Just OK 5. November 2011
Von KDS14601 - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I think they should have included more photos or the classic bikes pre 1985. Too many pictures of new models. If I wat to see the latest cf wonder bike I just need to pick up a mag or jump on the computer.
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My passion 17. Oktober 2011
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A very beautiful book, one that will have you drooling over the bicycles. The information is well presented and illustrated and it makes a nice coffee table book. If you're into biking or know someone who is, this is one you'll pour over the pages again and again and it makes a nice gift.
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Italian racing bicycles 25. November 2011
Von jc - Veröffentlicht auf
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A beautiful book, a nostalgic trip for an Italophile. As usual, delivered on time from Amazon. A tribute the craftsmanship and design found in Italian racing bicycles and components.
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